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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – December 24, 2002
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Veteran vagabond Potts regales readers with his mantra: anyone with an adventurous spirit can achieve the feat of taking extended time off from work to experience the world. In 11 short chapters that follow the same structure, Potts tells how to negotiate time off from work, prepare for travel, and get the most out of your time on the road. Each chapter contains a profile of a famous proponent of vagabonding (e.g., Thoreau, Annie Dillard), quotes from everyday people with extensive travel experience, and a tip sheet of print and online sources for practical travel advice on topics such as airline tickets and accommodations as well as safety concerns. Alternately warning readers about using drugs in foreign countries and entertaining them with anecdotes from exotic ports of call, Potts gives a thorough recounting of his outlook on traveling. This book seems squarely aimed at twenty- and thirtysomethings; anyone with decidedly nonvagabond accoutrements (e.g., children or career ambition) might be more skeptical of Potts' philosophy. For those with a bad case of wanderlust. Joanne Wilkinson
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“A crucial reference for any budget wanderer.”—Time
“Vagabonding easily remains in my top-10 list of life-changing books. Why? Because one incredible trip, especially a long-term trip, can change your life forever. And Vagabonding teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life.”—Tim Ferriss, from the foreword
“The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It’s also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream.”—USA Today
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.”—Rick Steves
“Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written.”—Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside
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Whenever I meet someone who tells me the high number of countries they have visited, I always wonder if they were there just long enough to get their passport stamped or hung around and got to understand a place from the ground level. This book captures what 'ground level' traveling is all about.
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For me, I give away books not when I do not enjoy them, but when they are my favorites. We all like to share things that changed our lives with friends, and this is one of those times. I only hope that passing on the book brought those people as much joy as it has brought me.
I first read this book it literally motivated me to quit my job and escape to the San Blas islands in Panama.
While that time has passed, the feelings brought forth due to this book have remained, and something I think often.
Anytime I am feeling lost, it is easy to turn to any page, and remember the feelings attached, and regain an extraordinary calmness that everything will be OK.
My advice, once your done- pass it on! someone might be forever grateful :)
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Honestly its a really great book. It makes you want to venture out in to the unknown for some adventure. Definitely worth your time.